Olivia Ambrose's Alleged Kidnapper Describes Himself As 'A Very Romantic Man'

Pena's Facebook page has multiple photos of him dressed in a suit and tie. Part of his self-description reads: “I am a very romantic man, very caring and very hot. I like to have a great time with beautiful young girls 18 to 35 years old.”

January 24, 2019

Image of Victor Pena taken from surveillance footage (left) and Olivia Ambrose (right) [Boston Police Department]

Image of Victor Pena taken from surveillance footage (left) and Olivia Ambrose (right) [Boston Police Department]

By: Catherine Townsend
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The 23-year-old woman who sparked a massive police manhunt after she disappeared outside a downtown bar in Boston on Saturday night has been found alive - and disturbing new details have been revealed about her alleged kidnapper.

Olivia Ambrose was found on Tuesday at an apartment complex in Charlestown with 38-year-old Victor Pena, arrested in connection with her alleged abduction. "They kept knocking on that door, and eventually, we did not force entry. The suspect opened the door," Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said. "She was observed standing inside of the apartment near the suspect,” Gross added. “We eventually separated them.” Ambrose had a "horrified" look on her face and was crying, according to documents. She told police she was being held against her will in Pena's apartment, and said that he had taken her cell phone and refused to let her leave. Gross credited the public for providing tips to law enforcement during their investigation, which helped them locate Ambrose. Pena has been charged with kidnapping, and police say he may face additional charges.

Ambrose left Hennessy’s bar in Boston at 11:04 p.m. Saturday night. She had been out with her twin sister, Francesca Ambrose, and some friends. Francesca said that they were dancing at the bar and got separated at some point before her sister left.

Ambrose works for Toast, a software company in Boston and had recently moved to the city. Police reviewed surveillance video and saw Ambrose leave the bar with a man who police say was not involved in her disappearance. Around 40 minutes later footage showed Pena and another man watching Ambrose stagger across the street. Pena could be seen physically guiding her toward the subway, according to documents. “It’s obvious from the video surveillance that she did not go along willingly,” Gross said. A man, who was later identified as Pena, was seen on camera as he directed her towards the MBTA’s State Street Station. They were last seen around 10 minutes after leaving the Bunker Hill station. Police said phone records subsequently showed Ambrose's phone in the vicinity of the nearby Bunker Hill Housing Development. After she failed to return to her apartment Ambrose's family reported her missing on Sunday.
From that moment, police followed a digital trail that helped lead them to Ambrose.

Police have not released information related to a potential motive, but it has been reported that officers have kicked Pena off of the subway twice for allegedly harassing women.

Little information is known about Pena's employment history or background. It has been reported that he does have a criminal history that includes an arrest at a casino in Rhode Island for obtaining money under false pretenses and cheating as well as multiple restraining orders. According to the Boston Globe, Pena is on social security disability. Pena has been given an initial mental health evaluation at the request of his attorney. Following that evaluation, the judge ordered that Pena be held without bail and sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a 20-day mental competency evaluation.
A court-appointed mental health clinician said Pena exhibited bizarre behavior when he spoke to him. She said that he sucked his thumb, prayed loudly for forgiveness and appeared to be hearing voices. "His behavior appears to be somewhat psychotic, but also bizarre," she said. "Some symptoms are so bizarre to suggest exaggeration."

Victor Pena mugshot [Rhode Island State Police]

Victor Pena mugshot [Rhode Island State Police]

Pena's Facebook page has multiple photos of him dressed in a suit and tie. Part of his self-description reads: "I am a very romantic man, very caring and very hot. I like to have a great time with beautiful young girls 18 to 35 years old." According to Boston police, Ambrose was taken to a local hospital for evaluation before being returned to her family on Tuesday night. Pena is due back in court on February 11.

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